Team Trigirl member Inga tells us about her middle-distance Challenge Kraichgau event in Germany which she completed in under 7 hours! Well done Inga!
“Hooray! I did my first ever half Ironman last Sunday at Challenge Kraichgau. It was really tough but amazingly fun too!
I really enjoyed the swim completing it in 45min, which is a good time for me. It also helped that the water was a temperate twenty degrees and surprisingly clean! I was really impressed that I wasn’t the last one out of my wave to exit the water!
Yippee! The open water swimming season is upon us! Even those of you extremely scared of cold water (like me!) could enjoy a lovely 17°C in lakes around London this morning. Fantastic! You have no excuse not to dive in and enjoy the lovely open water.
If you haven’t swum in a lake for a long time and prefer to get used to your wetsuit in a safe environment, you might want to start swimming in one of London’s lidos that welcome wetsuit swimmers. However, remember that chlorinated water will eventually damage the wetsuit neoprene material. Make sure you rinse your wetsuit well after you’ve been using it in chlorinated water. Best to leave it to soak in clear water in your bath tub before hanging it up to drip dry on a coat hanger.
With our A race now nicely chosen (panic!), we can next go about looking for some challenging B and fun C races. We’ll also start working on setting up a more structured training plan in the next few days. However, for now lets just start training. It’s Base Building time. Yippee! We love base building as it gives us an excuse to go slowly, I mean really slowly. We only want to focus on technique and on building up distance.
It looks like there is a bit of a shortage of middle distance races around. Let’s hope UK race organizers will pick-up on this and start putting on a few more races next season.
The Ironman 70.3 UK in Wimbleball sold out within a couple of days of opening registration last autumn! Likewise the Vitruvian in Rutland apparently sold out within days of opening registration earlier this year. Since we would like our Middle Distance race to be our A race we don’t like to chose one too early in the season. So unless you are happy to travel all the way up to Scotland or Cornwall the only choices left are the Big Cow Man on 4th of July or the New Forrest on the 19th of September.
Our Team Trigirl is a group of lovely hobby triathletes who are all training for their first middle distance race in 2010.
Follow our progress here and feel free to send us your comments, ideas and words of encouragement. We’d love to hear from you.